New Delhi: At least three militants were gunned down in an encounter that broke out early morning on Monday between terrorists and security forces in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read - Indian Army Sets up Covid Management Cell For Real-time Response

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The firing started following a patrol party of the Indian Army, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and J&K Police at Lower Munda in Qazigund area near Asthal village in Kulgam district of South Kashmir. Also Read - India's High Mountain Pass Zoji La, Connecting Kashmir And Ladakh, Now Reopens | Deets Inside

A cordon was laid after security forces had an input about the presence of militants in the area. Forces retaliated as the hiding militants opened fire triggering an encounter.

Defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said, “Three terrorists have been killed in the joint operation at Lower Munda.” The identity of the slain militants was being ascertained.